I’m a bit of a Scrooge about Christmas. It’s my least favourite holiday of the year, but it’s Christmas Eve and I’m finally full of Christmas spirit – as pictured below:
I got this gem of a postcard while shopping at the Bay after the Santa Claus parade. Here’s to everyone having this holy spirit tonight!
Here’s another recent arrival from my new postcard pen pal.
It is from a Toronto pub, appropriately named The Pour House:
The sender informed me that this postcard was given with the bill. I have never received a postcard in such a manner – I’d sure like that A LOT more than a crappy candy. I also believe this might be the first giveaway postcard in the Collection from a pub. I have lots from motels and some from restaurants (and most of these are circa 1960 to 1980), but normally booze slinging joints don’t need the postal service to drum up business.
Here’s the flip side:
“Hi Glen! What happened to your blog? You haven’t updated it in a while, I hope everything is all right. Any ways, this card is given to you with the bill at this pub Toronto (Pour House) and I thought you’d appreciate it!”
I love the Ken Dryden stamp too. Canada Post does a great job of commemorating our history and culture on stamps and doing so with attractive illustrations.
The strike against my employer, University of Toronto, continues on with no end in sight. Problems galore have resulted for me. In response, I would like to change a great quotation from the great W.C. Fields “A union drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank them.”
In honour of my need to drink, here’s one of my favourites from the Collection:
This is tied as my favourite of the odd-shapes postcard type (the other one is of the Queen’s head) and is certainly among the best could not have said it better postcard images too.
Here’s the back side:
“I went to Edinburough this weekend for a hen night. It was an all new experience for me – if ever Britain and you see a large group of girls who are dressed up like either brides, cowgirls, fairies, etc. then its is bride to be. Our weekend included much scotch and a ghost hunt, as well as bowling. The wonders of British culture never cease to amaze.”
Last week, I received the third postcard I have from the island of Ireland – one from the Republic of Ireland and one from Northern Ireland, U.K.
And just my luck, it’s a duplicate of one I already have. I’ve even blogged about it already.
The only way I can think to explain this unbelievable coincidence, is that the Irish really like postcards of cats with drinking problems. I’d like to see a follow-up postcard with what happened after that cat chugged its Guinness.
Here’s the backside:
“Glen: Having a great time travelling around Ireland. Highlights include fresh salmon and oysters, local beer, Guinness storehouse tour, Cliffs of Moher, stunning sea views, finding beautiful beaches, many days of sun in a row, taking boat trip to visit Inisheer Island and Stone Age passage tombs! Brought clothes for cool weather which has not happened. Driving around has been an adventure, since stree names in cites barely visible. Lots of turning around and backtracking. ”
The next big trip I’m hoping to do is Ireland (to show my kid where her ancestors came from), so I’ll eagerly expand my collection and keep an eye for beer-addled felines.
Oktoberfest begins today in Kitchener, Ontario. As the largest such festival outside of Germany, attracting about a million people, it’s a big, fun, beer-soaked event.
And here’s something you will likely see:
Although this postcard isn’t from Kitchener, it represents the German spirit of Gemütlichkeit and large-scale beer so vividly. Plus, who doesn’t love lederhosen!
For more of how we celebrate Oktoberfest in Ontario, check out this video:
With St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, there will be a lot of people drinking green beer and/or Guinness – as depicted on this postcard:
Not that I approve of animals getting intoxicated – so I can understand why the cat is drawing the blinds to hide its alcoholic shame. But St. Patrick’s Day is about having fun, so open those blinds and proudly drink your Guinness!
Oddly enough, this is the only postcard I have from Northern Ireland. Here’s the reverse side of the postcard:
How are you! Viele liebe Gruze aus [Greetings from] Northern Ireland. I really like to work with the kids here from Belfast, even if it is sometimes quite difficult to understand them. We, the international group (from Australia, Netherlands, Spain, GD) is living here together in a church hall. Now it’s Sunday night, and we have just spent our weekend on a camping site at the coast to enjoy this green island. We really have to keep attention not to spend all our money in the pubs of Belfast. Ciao. Mach’s gut.”
Like the plastered pussy, my German pen-pal, and everyone on St. Patrick’s Day – we all enjoy Ireland’s legendary liquid cheer!